02/26/11 4:55 PM EST
Utley's sore legs not worrying Phillies
Star second baseman unlikely to play on Sunday in Clearwater
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Should we sound the alarms?
Is there reason to worry?
"If there's cause for concern you'll be the first to know," Utley said.
Utley has missed the Phillies' first two exhibition games this spring because of soreness in his knees and legs, according to manager Charlie Manuel. That included Saturday's 5-4 win in the club's Grapefruit League opener against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa., Fla.
Utley is doubtful to play on Sunday against the Yankees at Bright House Field.
Manuel downplayed the soreness, although it is unusual for a player to miss time early in the spring for general soreness, especially one who trained during the entire offseason, like Utley.
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Former Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth missed the first three Grapefruit League games in 2009. At the time, the Phillies said that Werth was simply not ready to play, implying he was not in baseball shape.
It might be nothing more than soreness from Utley's rigorous workouts, but it certainly is worth watching.
"He's getting there, getting better," said Manuel, who added that Utley participated in a full workout at Bright House Field. "He's fine. He's sore. He's got some soreness in his legs. He'll be ready in a couple of days."
Baez shows rust in Phillies' 'B' game
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- There are probably four locks for the Phillies' bullpen this spring: Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero.
Danys Baez has an inside track for a job because he'll earn a guaranteed $2.75 million this season. But he might have to pitch well this spring to make the team, having gone 3-4 with a 5.48 ERA in 51 appearances last year. Baez started the spring poorly on Saturday, when he allowed five hits, five runs and one walk in just two-thirds of an inning in a "B" game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field.
Other results from the "B" game, which the Phillies lost, 8-1: Contreras allowed one walk and struck out one in one inning; David Herndon struck out one in 1 1/3 scoreless innings; Brian Bass allowed two hits, two runs and one walk, striking out three in 1 2/3 innings; and Dan Meyer allowed one hit, one run and one walk, striking out two in two-thirds of an inning.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis went 2-for-2. First baseman Matt Rizzotti went 1-for-2 with a walk.
Rollins a healthy scratch against Yanks
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel scratched Jimmy Rollins from Saturday's lineup against the Yankees because the shortstop missed two days of workouts.
Rollins is healthy, but he missed time to attend a Motown tribute on Thursday at the White House in Washington, D.C. The absences were excused.
Manuel said that Rollins will be in the lineup on Sunday against the Yankees at Bright House Field.
Gillick draws praise from Hall's president
TAMPA, Fla. -- National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said he has seen more red in Cooperstown, N.Y., since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.
Idelson could see more on July 24, when former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"It was a very well-deserved and important election," Idelson said. "He's really the first team architect to go in quite some time. You think of Branch Rickey and George Weiss and Ed Barrow. You put him in that group of four. Those are really the only four guys with a player-development background."
Phillies miss out on signing Durbin
TAMPA, Fla. -- Although an official announcement has not yet been made, right-hander Chad Durbin is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Durbin, who posted a 3.80 ERA in 64 appearances with the Phillies in 2010 -- his third consecutive year with the club -- had considered a Minor League offer from Philadelphia for '11.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.